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12 Expert Guides to PR Measurement

12 Expert Guides to PR Measurement | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it

Entrepeneur and marketer extraordinaire, Seth Godin, says "People do not buy goods and services. They buy relations, stories, and magic." 


The dilemma for many is that goods and services are easily quanitified. But, how do you assess PR results? How do you quantify the success of building relations or how well your stories are received? How can you analyze "magic?"


And yet, you must analyze results, or else you won't know what's working and what's not. Any PR firm worth its weight knows that you can't approach PR with a lackadaisical attitude.


To that end, I thought it would be helpful to round up 13 expert measurement guides. I've rounded it out to include guides on measuring your content marketing, client relationships, and social media since we all know that these are critical to your PR success....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

PR measurement is the cornerstone of any successful campaign. Check out these stellar guides, assembled by Wendy Marx, to keep you on track! Recommended reading. 9/10

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Measuring the ROI of Public Relations: Five Experts Weigh In | Huffington Post

Measuring the ROI of Public Relations: Five Experts Weigh In | Huffington Post | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it

Public relations and business growth go together like peanut butter and jelly. The last new restaurant I tried? It was because of a good review I read in a local magazine. The last lip-gloss I purchased was the darling of Allure beauty editors. The last business software I evaluated wasn't because of some advertisement. It was through word of mouth. And as we often say at my company, PR is the ultimate word of mouth....


So, to help you better advocate for a slice of the marketing pie, I have asked five experts to provide their best practices on PR measurement....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Useful tips to consider when measuring PR results.

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August 20, 2013 10:10 AM
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Is Ad Value Equivalency always bad? - SHIFT Communications PR Agency

Is Ad Value Equivalency always bad? - SHIFT Communications PR Agency | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it

Is Ad Value Equivalency always bad? One of the most lambasted metrics in public relations is the heavily-demonized Ad Value Equivalence (AVE). For those unfamiliar with it, one of the ways that has been used to measure the effectiveness of PR is to ask the question, if you had to buy the same level of impact, how much would it have cost you? For example, to get a quarter page of the New York Times is a listed national rate of 31.5 inches at an inch rate of $1,207 per inch, or $38,020 for a single weekday national ad. A well-placed editorial piece costs the time, effort, and connections that your PR team or agency can leverage for your benefit.


The reason that AVE has been so demonized in the PR world is that, from the perspective of public relations professionals, it greatly understates the impact of PR and confuses PR with advertising. In the example above, the ad in the New York Times simply does its work, and you get some results per dollar spent. The media placement, on the other hand, is sometimes syndicated, sometimes reprinted, sometimes blogged about, sometimes shared, and is generally considered more trustworthy by the average reader than an ad. None of the sharing that happens – especially in the digital editions of news media – is accounted for in AVE. The AVE formula simply treats PR as another form of advertising, which is functionally incorrect. Paid media and earned media aren’t the same, and shouldn’t be measured identically....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

The neverending debate continues...

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10 Ways to Measure the ROI of Public Relations | Everything PR

10 Ways to Measure the ROI of Public Relations | Everything PR | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it
Because PR and corporate communication strategies are often employed to achieve non-financial objectives, there are several other metrics to consider.

 

The times when PR ROI was difficult to measure are long gone. In fact, big brands have been successfully measuring the ROI of public relations for some time now. While many still consider ROI in financial terms (the amount of money totaled from public relations campaigns after subtracting the costs), there are many other things that can be considered to calculate return on PR investment.

 

In the past, the main measurement criteria was the quantity of coverage,

channel of delivery and media type. Other factors included type of mention (feature or exclusive), whether the competitors were mentioned along, source credibility and popularity. Some of these factors applied online as well. For example, for a tech startup, features on sites like TechCrunch, Mashable or ReadWriteWeb represented (and for some still do) the holy grail of a PR campaign. Today, tracking PR ROI also involves measuring social media ROI, and measuring outcomes is the most important aspect of this equation....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

A look at the starting point to figuring out your PR ROI.

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Seven Metrics PR Should Track to Gain Respect | Spin Sucks

Seven Metrics PR Should Track to Gain Respect | Spin Sucks | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it
The CEO of Muck Rack recently listed four reasons the PR industry gets no respect.

 

...But, here’s the thing: I’m not so numbers driven I don’t recognize the need for the more, shall we say, light metrics. It is very difficult to measure brand awareness and the effectiveness of traditional PR.

 

Because of that, we have to find ways to measure our efforts in ways that are meaningful to the executives paying us.

 

I’ve broken down the types of things you can measure by light (brand awareness) and data-driven (business objectives). This is long. My apology…hopefully you can just cherry pick what makes most sense for your planning....

 

[Gini Dietrich writes about the PR measurement challenge ~ Jeff]

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How do you measure ROI of Twitter and Facebook?

How do you measure ROI of Twitter and Facebook? | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to know how to measure the ROI of their Twitter and Facebook marketing efforts. This infographic explores possible answers.

 

This has to be one of the biggest questions banging around marketing conferences, blogs and social media gatherings. ”How do we measure the return on my investment (ROI) for the time, money and effort we put into Twitter and Facebook?”

 

To truly answer that question, you need to define your own ROI. If it is a dollar for dollar equation, then you need to be able to quantify/tie a value to the time spent, calculate the dollars invested and then put the proper tracking/measurement tools in place to link your social media contacts/connections to actual sales.

 

Are sales the only worthy ROI? Probably not. Like all marketing — you start by knowing what result you want....

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PR Practice #8: The Master of the Metrics Chart of Responsibilities | Deirdre Breakenridge

PR Practice #8: The Master of the Metrics Chart of Responsibilities | Deirdre Breakenridge | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it

...“Social media doesn’t change good PR measurement practices, although it may add to the complexity. The same principles you learned about outcomes (quantifiable change in attitude or behavior) vs. outputs (the tangible elements in your campaign) and the outtakes (the key messages you want your audience to take away) still hold true.” Except now, as the Master of the Metrics you have many more metrics to benchmark and levels of engagement to report. And, as the Chart of Responsibilities illustrates below, there are new practices to learn and embrace, from creating measureable social media objectives to tracking the appropriate metrics over time and clearly communicating the ROI and impact of your program....

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Nobody Remembers Brands on Social Media—and Other New Stats from Edison Research - The Measurement Standard

Nobody Remembers Brands on Social Media—and Other New Stats from Edison Research - The Measurement Standard | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it
For the price of your email address, the guys over at Social Habit will give you the new Edison Research/Arbitron survey on social media. It's well worth it. Below are a few highlights: People are liking brands more...

 

(33% of users of social networking sites follow brands. That's up from 25% last year, and 16% the year before. This year, 36% of social network users said "none" when asked which social network most influenced their purchase behavior. That's way down from last year's 68%.)

 

...but almost nobody remembers one they like.

(When asked "Think about the companies, brands, products, and services you enjoy following on social network sites. What is the first ONE that comes to mind?" only 332 out of 2,020 people polled responded, and the most frequent company mentioned was Nike, with just 9 mentions.)...

 

[Great post loaded with research insight for PR & marketing - JD]

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May 27, 2012 11:16 PM
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Why measure social media | Lee Hopkins

Why measure social media | Lee Hopkins | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it
For many years there was a long-running debate amongst we commentators which ran along the lines of, “Should we even be strategising and measuring social media?

 

[Now, there shouldn't be anY question, right? Right! JD]

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March 28, 2012 11:18 PM
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The Metrics Every PR Team Should Track: Interview with Adam Singer

The Metrics Every PR Team Should Track: Interview with Adam Singer | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it

We asked Adam Singer all about PR: what metrics matter most, where he sees PR headed, and how content marketing can be used as a PR tactic.

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March 23, 2012 9:44 PM
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The Friday PR and Social Media Cheat Sheet #029 - Gorkana

The Friday PR and Social Media Cheat Sheet #029 - Gorkana | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it
A weekly news round up on media monitoring, PR and social media news, analysis and measurement.

 

If you work in PR and are interested in the latest thinking on media monitoring, PR planning, media analysis and social media measurement, these are the must read stories from the last week....

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20 PR Measurements Beyond Impressions & AVEs for Sales Value | Cision

20 PR Measurements Beyond Impressions & AVEs for Sales Value | Cision | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it

As public relations professionals, we know that PR measurement is essential to the success of our campaigns, budgets and client relationships. We attend webinars, dabble with Google Analytics and follow the latest blogs to learn how to move from traditional to relevant measurement. Yet, we still receive feedback from clients that, although our media coverage secured looks great, it doesn’t appear to have a tangible impact on the bottom line  So, where’s the disconnect?


If you still secretly dread questions about how to measure PR or if you feel in over your head at times, don’t lose hope. PR measurement is not only a science — it’s an art. This post will review a number of tangible opportunities to measure PR beyond traditional media impressions and advertising equivalencies (AVEs) with the goal of empowering you to feel confident and creative the next time you’re asked about measurement....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

PR measurement isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. See how to account for and show clients the "X factor," then test these 20 sample PR metrics.

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Owned and Earned Media – The Online Trophy Shelf

Owned and Earned Media – The Online Trophy Shelf | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it

Organizations which take the time to cultivate and support thought leaders, giving them an online channel or outlet to enable their participation on a community, blog or other social channel, often reap the benefits of their efforts threefold. Especially in the B2B world, clients depend on their suppliers to be experts. What better way to showcase expertise than through online thought leadership?...

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Vanessa DiMauro discusses Owned and Earned Media – The Online Trophy Shelf.

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How to Measure PR: Use These Tools

How to Measure PR: Use These Tools | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it

It's not easy to measure PR efforts, particularly when it's been all about credibility and awareness in the past. Use these tools to track real results....

 

... Our goal, of course, is to use content to get people into the free trial. From there, they know exactly how far through the trial a person has to go before they become a customer and their email marketing helps motivate them to that level.

 

We measure PR in a few ways:

- Organic search increases

- Unique visitors to the website

- Unique visitors to the blog

- Top of the funnel leads

- Free trial landing page visits

- Free trial users

- Trials converted to customers

- Monthly recurring revenue (subscription-based)

- New revenue All of this data can be found by combining analytics, Hubspot, and Mailchimp into a spreadsheet we review weekly.

 

We do not track Facebook fans, Twitter followers, YouTube viewers, or Klout scores. These are both soft and hard metrics, but they lead to the ultimate goal: More customers. In this example, we know exactly how many people we need to get to the free trial landing page – through content – in order to get them to take it and then what kinds of content – through email – we need to send them so they’ll convert to a customer....

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Great PR (and marketing) measurement tips from Gini Dietrich. Recommended reading.

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January 4, 2013 10:56 PM
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Here Are The Best-Loved Businesses On Twitter In 2012 | AllTwitter

Here Are The Best-Loved Businesses On Twitter In 2012 | AllTwitter | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it

Twitter offers lots of great intel. Beyond the business basics like figuring out the best times to post on Twitter, there’s fun stuff like figuring out which books to buy for your friends based on their tweet data.

 

...How did they come up with the sentiment score? ”Topsy analyzes about 200 million English-language tweets each day, computes minute-by-minute sentiment for every term in every tweet, and creates scaled scores for all terms, such as the brands and businesses listed here. The scores range from 0 (negative) to 100 (positive), with 50 as neutral.”...

Jeff Domansky's insight:

Very interesting Twitter sentiment analysis...

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August 23, 2012 2:01 PM
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The 11-Book Back-To-School Reading List for Measurement Mavens | The Measurement Standard

The 11-Book Back-To-School Reading List for Measurement Mavens | The Measurement Standard | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it

Here's a short list of the best references and reading on public relations measurement and social media measurement. I was going to tell you to read these books before going back to school, but that much summertime homework is excessive, even for you over-achieving measurement mavens.

 

So start with the first two...

 

[KD Paine shares a useful reading list - JD]

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June 27, 2012 4:17 PM
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A Facebook Like Does Not Equal an Opt-in | Brian Solis

A Facebook Like Does Not Equal an Opt-in | Brian Solis | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it

I had an opportunity to spend time with several Belgian journalists. One of the notable conversations was with Erik Verdonck of Pub, a local magazine focused on the advertising industry. The three themes we touched upon are not only timely, but representative of the challenges that face marketers and strategists around the globe.
1. A social brand is not a social business. Please explain both concepts and the difference between them.

2. What is the main difference between the ‘Like’ button on Facebook and other direct response triggers?

3. How would you measure the return of social media campaigns? What should marketers look at?

 

[Brian Solis explores the three questions well - JD]

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The Trouble with Klout: Influence Isn't an Algorithm | EContent

The Trouble with Klout: Influence Isn't an Algorithm | EContent | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it
Let's face it, something isn't right with Klout.

 

If you're a marketing, public relations, or social media pro, you've been conditioned to recognize influence much like Judge Potter Stuart famously recognized objectionable content: hard to define, but you know it when you see it.

 

On the surface, Klout is ingenious; it's essentially developed a way to score influence by analyzing some of your online activity (and any related activity from your network) and assign a value from one to one hundred. If you play the Klout game correctly, you receive a high score and loads of freebies. If you choose to sit out the Klout game, your score usually sinks faster than a stone.

 

Take a moment to dig a little deeper into the Klout phenomenon, however, and you'll see what's missing from the equation. As a fifteen year veteran of internet marketing, social media and related disciplines, I cannot buy into the Klout hype. Our national obsession with our Klout scores is doomed to fade unless we take a more comprehensive approach to identifying true influence....

 

[Valuable perspective - JD]

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KDPaine's PR Measurement Blog: Measurement of Influence may be even more misunderstood than engagement

KDPaine's PR Measurement Blog: Measurement of Influence may be even more misunderstood than engagement | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it

...There are four key criteria for determining who is influential to you stakeholders online:

- Frequency. How often are they writing about topic
- Relevance, i.e. are they writing about topics that are relevant and interesting to your stakeholders, are they producing content that is interesting to them.
- Resonance – do stakeholders find the content interesting enough to forward, share, like or retweet?
- Trust – do people actually trust the information that those influencers are putting out there...

 

[An excellent look at online influence, measurement, evaluation and monitoring from KD Paine - JD ]

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Infographic: Measuring PR Pros’ Engagement with Wikipedia

Infographic: Measuring PR Pros’ Engagement with Wikipedia | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it
Sixty percent of Wikipedia articles about companies contain factual errors.

 That surprising number, and more, can be found in the infographic below, which is based on a research study of the relationship between public relations professionals and Wikipedia. The study is published in the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) scholarly publication, Public Relations Journal....

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Survey on the state of the PR profession: budgets mostly up, measurement on the rise

Survey on the state of the PR profession: budgets mostly up, measurement on the rise | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it
The USC Annenberg Strategic Communication and Public Relations Center published its seventh bi-annual Communication and Public Relations Generally Accepted Practices (GAP VII) study today.

 

...The study found that budgets are mostly up, measurement and evaluation are on the rise, public relations/communications (PR/COM) has its seat at the table and agency-of-record relationships are vanishing....

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Using Google Alerts, HARO and other free tools to bolster your PR efforts

Using Google Alerts, HARO and other free tools to bolster your PR efforts | Public Relations & Social Marketing Insight | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, Alexandra wrote a post about some of the free tools she uses to monitor social media activity for our clients.

 

Today, I’m sharing how free tools like Google Alerts and HARO can be used to bolster your PR effort....

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